PARADISE, Calif. - A Camp Fire commemorative event for survivors was held today in Paradise as the 3-year anniversary of the Camp Fire is Monday.
The event was held in front of the Skyway Antique Mall.
Free resources and counseling were available at this event, along with a message of hope van where people shared their artwork and messages to everyone.
Many survivors told Action News Now that this time of the year is always tough for them, but having a community around them to support them, means everything.
“I love seeing all the different community gatherings that people are doing around the area. It makes me feel really good knowing that they’re still remembering what happened here and recognizing the devastation experienced," said Wendy McCall who lost her home in the Camp Fire.
The Head Trainer and Executive Director of Paradise Stronger, Aaron Singer, who helped put this event together said it's great to see so many people come together to help each other rebuild.
“Today is for our community and to see people wherever they are in terms of if they are still struggling from the Camp Fire, or they’ve moved forward, or they want to look back and have a remembrance. Wherever they’re at they need something like this to have that space to do so," said Singer.
There were also four trees placed here in the Hope Plaza memorial site where people could hang leaves of hope with dreams, wishes and joy.
“It’s such a special thing to see these words. Like this one we love Paradise, Paradise is the best place. It’s so good. Today is a good day for Paradise," said Melissa Schuster, a Representative for Hope Plaza.
Schuster says they were supposed to break ground on Hope Plaza today, but they ran into a few design delays. They still wanted to incorporate Hope Plaza in the event, however, so the four trees displayed today, will be later planted when construction on the plaza begins.